2010 Mas Martinet "Els Escurcons" Priorat

SKU #1273357 94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2010 Els Escurcons is pure Garnacha (since 2008) from a 600-meter altitude vineyard planted in 1999. Part of the wine aged in terracotta amphorae, which is the way to go for this wine in the future (100% since 2012, but in 2010 there was only one amphora and seven oak barrels). The nose has more red fruit than black, with notes of blood orange and licorice. The palate is medium-bodied with fine-grained tannins, lively acidity and freshness. It is both ripe and fragile, with good freshness. Drink 2014-2020. (LG)  (2/2014)

94 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 (All Garnacha, aged in a combination of oak barrels and amphoras): Brilliant ruby. An exotically perfumed bouquet evokes candied red fruits, Asian spices, lavender, smoky minerals and blood orange. Stains the palate with intense black raspberry and bitter cherry flavors that become sweeter with air. Pure, focused and expansive, closing with outstanding focus and smooth, harmonious, late-arriving tannins. This elegant wine is pretty gorgeous right now but has the depth and balance to age effortlessly. (JR)  (9/2014)

90 points Wine Spectator

 Black cherry, plum, toast and light loamy flavors mingle in this firm red, tightly wound, with good balance and intensity. Should bloom with decanting. (TM)  (6/2014)

Jancis Robinson

 Mid ruby. Smells darker fruited than the 2012. Chalky, dry and mineral on the palate, perhaps more chewy than the 2012 but still with that lovely dry finesse, strongly mineral. Seems to be maturing more slowly than the 2012, a little more closed. Broach now with food or wait a while. (JH)  (6/2015)

K&L Notes

Sara Perez, whose father Josep is one of the founding fathers of the modern-day Priorat D.O.Q., continues to learn and improve upon her already impressive benchmark Priorats. Whether doing the hard work and research in the vineyards, or experimenting in the cellar, Sara continues to make great strides at this important winery. As with other top 2010 Priorat bottlings, this is impressive now and should continue to improve for a while.

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- Fat, ripe and rich with ample fruit and vibrant acidity, wines made from Grenache are easy to love. While its origins are still under dispute - some suggest Spain, where it is called Garnacha, while others say it came first from Sardinia, where it is called Cannonau - it is inarguably one of the most planted varietals in the world. A hearty grape, Grenache does well in hot, dry regions and its sturdy stalk also makes it well-suited to withstand blustery conditions like the Provençal Mistral. It ripens at relatively high sugar levels, which translates to higher potential alcohol in the wines it produces. Grenache may be most famous in the Southern Rhône areas such as Châteauneuf-du-Pape and Gigondas where it has long been an important component of delicious blends. But it's also the source of the crisp rosés from Tavel, Lirac and Provence, and age-worthy vins doux naturels like Rivsaltes and Banyuls. Grenache is also found in large swaths of northeastern Spain, in Navarre, in Rioja, where it plays a supporting role in blends with Tempranillo, and in the distinctive wines of Priorat. The grape was once the most widely planted varietal in Australia, though Shiraz and Cabernet have overtaken it. In California, Grenache plantings have dwindled from their heyday in the San Joaquin Valley, but it is starting to see a resurgence, albeit in smaller plantings, where other Rhône varietals thrive.


- With more land under vine than any other country in the world, Spain is the great sleeping wine giant. In recent years, a great deal of money and passion has been poured in the burgeoning Spanish wine industry, helping to improve quality among its vast array of wines from sparkling Cava to Sherry to Rioja Gran Reserva. The most important red-wine-producing regions are Rioja, Ribera del Duero and Navarra in the north and Priorat and Penedes in the northeast.


Alcohol Content (%): 15